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Almost Human, the new JJ Abrams show starring Karl Urban


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#1 of 99 Sam Posten

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Posted November 17 2013 - 02:12 PM

Trailer:


Fox details:
http://www.fox.com/almost-human/

8 pm tonight EST, 2 hour premiere.

Reviews are mixed (spoilers probably, I just link em, I didn't read em)
http://www.ign.com/a...ms-almost-human

http://www.thedailyb...een-before.html

http://www.ew.com/ew...0756421,00.html

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#2 of 99 Robert Crawford

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Posted November 17 2013 - 02:13 PM

Only one hour tonight with the second hour tomorrow.


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#3 of 99 Sam Posten

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Posted November 17 2013 - 02:15 PM

Thanks for the clarification! Was surprised there wasn't a thread for this already.

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Posted November 17 2013 - 08:08 PM

Was OK, next week looks better.

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#5 of 99 Cameron Yee

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Posted November 17 2013 - 10:03 PM

A strong start. I was a little surprised the two bonded so quickly. I would have thought they'd drag out the characters not getting along, but I'm not exactly complaining. 


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#6 of 99 Matt Hough

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Posted November 18 2013 - 08:48 AM

Was OK, next week looks better.

 

Meaning tonight? It's on at 8 p.m., its regular timeslot starting Monday night.



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Posted November 18 2013 - 09:15 AM

I haven't watched yet, waiting for episode 2 so I can watch back to back.



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Posted November 18 2013 - 01:46 PM

I enjoyed it enough to keep watching.  Urban is the man.

 

I do have to say they went all out on the look of this show.  Great camera work, great FX, great set design.  While the story seems pretty standard/vanilla at this point, there can be no mistaking it for anything less than the best looking genre show on TV.  I feel like I'm watching a fully realized world.

 

Too bad SHIELD dropped the ball so bad on this.  Watch this show next to SHIELD and prepare to be flummoxxed over how/why the Marvel flagship TV show ended up looking like Charlie's Angels in comparison.


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#9 of 99 Parker Clack

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Posted November 18 2013 - 03:52 PM

I kept expecting someone to speak in some sort of Chinese/English mashup and say to Urban's character

"You Brade Runner"..... :)

 

I really enjoyed the high production values that they put into the show. I had the feeling of watching a theatrical

release and not something designed for TV. The dialogue was spot on and I could get into the characters right

away. I felt like I had been watching the show for a few weeks and not for the first time.

 

Looking forward to this.

 

For some reason I thought that this was something that was going to be released earlier in the year. Was this

delayed or am I just remembering wrong?


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#10 of 99 Matt Hough

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Posted November 18 2013 - 07:27 PM

I enjoyed tonight's episode, but they're already starting the romantic pairing of cops in the workplace! Geez!



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Posted November 18 2013 - 07:40 PM

Sebastian? Sex Bots? Skin Jobs?  

 

J.H.Wyman and Abrams really like Blade Runner.

 

 

Again, loved the show. Just couldn't get over all the references.


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Posted November 18 2013 - 08:18 PM

That was a great show.

Loved the references.

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Posted November 18 2013 - 08:40 PM

Haven't seen tonight's episode yet (we forgot to set the DVR), but I really liked the pilot. Urban and Ealy are great as the leads and the production value was great. 



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Posted November 20 2013 - 06:18 PM

I enjoyed both episodes, as this show looks a lot more promising than "Common Law". It does have that "Robocop" feel to it.


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#15 of 99 Walter Kittel

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Posted November 20 2013 - 08:30 PM

I've watched both episodes and I mostly enjoyed it.

 

Pros

The cast and the chemistry between Urban and Ealy.

The production design and FX / general look of the series.

The themes of synthetic vs. natural life and how those differences and simularities will illustrate the nature of both of them.

Bladerunner - the television series. :)

 

Cons

Writing is a bit too formulaic and kind of drags down the show in some ways.  Some cliches and tropes I could have done without are present.

 

Other thoughts

So Kennex chunks his expensive MX series robot partner out of his vehicle causing a crash and damaging an expensive piece of government gear and there are no repercussions.  Sure it was a quick way to establish the character's issues with artificial units but it kind of pulled me out of the show with its unrealistic tone.

 

How long before the 'Kennex is a synthetic unit' rumors start swirling around the internet? :)

 

I'm sticking around for all of the reasons I listed as pros and I hope the writing becomes a little less predictable.

 

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Edited by Walter Kittel, November 20 2013 - 08:32 PM.

Fidelity to the source should always be the goal for Blu-ray releases.

#16 of 99 Scott Hanson

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Posted November 20 2013 - 08:46 PM

I think I made it about halfway through the pilot and couldn't take it anymore.  Just a very formulaic poorly written procedural show.  I'd say it belongs on SyFy but I don't think it's even up to their standards.



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Posted November 20 2013 - 09:20 PM

I liked the pilot, but thought episode two was a bit too cartoony. Almost felt like a bigger-budget throwback to the syndicated science fiction shows that had their niche in the nineties.

As always, Minka Kelly is distractingly beautiful. A bit confused as to her role. In the pilot, her title was intelligence analyst. In the second episode, she was a detective just like Kennex but didn't seem to work any cases of her own and basically seemed to exist just to feed Kennex and Dorian plot points.
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Posted November 20 2013 - 09:25 PM

Detectives can be Intelligence Analysts. (otherwise she would never be in the field. But CSI breaks that rule  ;) )



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Posted November 21 2013 - 07:51 AM

Urban has really expanded his acting chops. Watch him in anything before Doom and he's pretty wooden. This second episode was a lot of fun seeing the relationship change and him not being such the one dimensional guy he was in the first.

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Posted November 25 2013 - 07:20 PM

Enjoyable episode with a couple of neat twists.






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